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Stan Poe II

“We take great pride and care in maintaining our animals and producing a healthy, nutritious product.”

Stan Poe II
Sheep Farmer

Name: Stan Poe II
Location: Franklin, Indiana
Years farming: I started farming as my selected career in 1988, after college graduation. However, I worked each day with my grandfather and father from the time I could walk.
My family: My parents are Stanley and Carol Poe. My brother, Keegan, farms part-time and we share some equipment. My brother Cameron lives in Lexington, KY and is not involved in the farming operation. My brother, Kalen, recently graduated from Texas A&M and has returned to the operation and will partner with us in the expansion of our sheep enterprise.
How I came to be a farmer: As a young child, I learned an appreciation for land and animals from my grandfather. I have always enjoyed the challenges that being your own boss brings. I was involved in FFA through high school, and chose to return to the farm at a young age.
The best thing about being a farmer: We are completely responsible and held accountable for all decisions and actions – no bailouts here! I enjoy the daily challenges and changes that farming brings, and the freedom to make decisions without hesitation.
My personal philosophy on farming: I have no real words of wisdom, but I am passionate about my profession, as most farmers are. I try to do my very best in every aspect of farming, and I am one of many responsible for feeding the world.

Lamb Production in Indiana and the United States
  • There are approximately 2,000 sheep farmers in Indiana, owning 36,000 ewes.
  • In 2007, Indiana sheep farmers sold 33,000 lambs and 236,000 pounds of wool for a total of $7.4 million.
  • Sheep naturally follow the sheep in front of them and they stay together when grazing. This helps protect them from predators and makes it easier for a farmer to care for large numbers of lambs.
  • Sheep have excellent vision and hearing. They can spot predators from 1,200 yards away and can direct their ears to the direction of sound.
  • Head butting is a natural behavior used to determine the top animal in the flock.
  • Sheep have provided milk, meat, and clothing for people for more than 10,000 years.
  • Lamb is from a sheep that is less than one year old. Mutton is from a sheep that is over one year old.
  • Cheeses such as Roquefort, Feta and Ricotta are made from sheep’s milk.
  • Sheep are usually sheared once per year. One sheep produces up to 30 pounds of wool.
  • One pound of wool can make ten miles of yarn.
  • A baseball contains 450 feet of wool yarn.
  • In addition to clothing, furniture and carpets, wool is also used in such products as mattresses, tennis balls and pool table surfaces.
  • Raw wool contains lanolin, which is used in adhesive tape, printing inks, motor oils, and lubricants. Lanolin is also used in virtually all cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
  • Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison all raised sheep. Woodrow Wilson grazed sheep on the White House lawn.

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